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Darwin Cauldron Snout

Brewed by Darwin Brewery
Style: Old Ale
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Cauldron Snout was originally brewed at the High Force Hotel in Forest-in-Teesdale. When the brewery closed the brand was passed onto Darwin to keep the legend alive. Cauldron Snout is often classed as a strong stout, but in reality was brewed as a dark old ale to help warm up the cold winter nights in Teesdale.
A prize winning old ale. Dark and complex with a solid body lingering into a long aftertaste. Bitterness is perfectly matched to the dark malts with persist to provide a spicy and peaty ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007. A black beer with a red-brown shine under a rim of orangey head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of over ripe fruit, and towards the finish a note of alcohol grows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Merchants Inn, Rugby. A black coloured beer with bits of off-white head. The aroma has mocha notes. Treacle and coffee in the taste. Some burnt toast and sweet notes. Nice but this better years ago when brewed at the hotel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2008
Cask, ’The Joy of Six’ Merchantfest ’08, Rugby. Blackish and headless with ruby tints. Charcoal nose. Mouth full-on high cocoa, burnt malt, dusty drinking chocolate sweetness, long lingering smoke. Thinnish but sticky with brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses. Some creeping black olive notes as it warms, and oak. Tasty, but a bit disappointing for a festival-topper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (19375) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007
Black color; thin creamy head. Mild aroma of caramel and roasted malt. Good body strength, a lot of dark caramel flavor, but a bit metallic too; quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6725) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2007
Sampled at SBWF, 2007. Dark brown with a small, beige head. Some chocolate and a lot of coffe in the aroma. Dry cocoa-flavour with a fine bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2007
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 29 Sep 2007) Black colour with ruby notes, brief brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of black coffee, some smoke and tar. Roasted, malty taste with coffee, liquorice and hints of smoke. Lots of taste, medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Very nice beer leaning in the stout direction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2007
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2007) Bottle. Dark amber color, brownish head. Chocolate aroma, cocoa notes, some raisins a bit milky and with vinous notes. Bitter chocolate flavor, cocoa and coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2007
Bottled@SBWF 2007
Dark ruby, almost opaque color, small beige head. Toasted coffee beans and hints of lactose. Good body! Coffee, tar with a bit of sweet edge as well. Not far from their porter, this is even a bit tastier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2007
Bottled@SBWF2007. Very dark reddish brown murky colour, small brown head. Aroma is leathery, roasted malts and some slight earthy notes. Flavour is winous, a bit roasted and some coffeeish notes. Some slight spicyness also noteable once it warms up a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13395) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2007
Cask conditioned at Harbury Beer Fest ’07. Dark brown, ruby with bubbly white head. Deep roasted flavours of coffee husk and chocolate malt in a sweetish and winey base. Sticky and full flavoured with a late alcohol kick. Nicely set up Ale.

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